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These are the questions you should ask before hiring a roofing company

Any type of roofing work, whether domestic or industrial is a serious financial commitment. When money is on the line you want to make sure that the company you hire to do the job is trustworthy, reliable and efficient. We’ve all heard horror stories of inept roofing contractors that end up creating more problems than they solve. Poor quality roofers can even affect your insurance coverage and liability for any worker’s injuries that may occur once the job is complete.

Before any job you need to ask yourself the following questions. By doing so you will have a clear picture of the process as well as a good understanding of the scale and timeframe of the work:

What is the timeframe the work will be completed in?

After an initial examination of the roof the contractor will be able to give you a good estimate of how long the work will take. This gives homeowners and businesses a clear timeframe for them to work around; some businesses may need to change their opening hours or close entirely, whilst homeowners may have to organise temporary accommodation whilst work is taking place.

Are you covered by liability insurance?

If a roofing company doesn’t provide insurance for its workers and they get injured whilst working on your roof, you may be liable for workers compensation. This is why you should always ask to see proof of insurance before committing to any particular company.

Can I see your references?

As with any type of construction company you should always ask for recent references for jobs similar to yours so you can gain an unbiased opinion on their finished work. A contractor that is unwilling or unable to provide at least three recent references could be a red flag as you can’t gain any insight into their previous experience.

What is the estimated cost?

Of course, one of the most important questions on everybody’s lips is – how much does it cost? Once the contractor has studied your roof they can offer you an estimate. The estimate may differ slightly from the final cost depending on a number of factors, including unforeseen problems that couldn’t be identified on first viewing. Once the contractor has produced a written estimate, never pay the full balance upfront – the deposit itself should never be more that 25% of the estimate.

Where do I sign?

Never settle for a verbal contract. Always have a written agreement between you and your contractor that you have fully read and understood all elements to, before signing.

For industrial roofing in Manchester, contact the team at Valent roofing today.


Valent Roofing, 500 King’s Rd, Stretford, Manchester, M32 8JT
Telephone: 0161 864 3311
Fax: 0161 864 3322

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